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My Love of Architecture

Updated on February 7, 2015

Architecture Is My True Love

When I took an architectural class in High School, my father gave me his t-square and a 2x3 foot board (not a table but a board).

I was at a crossroads of what I wanted to be in life: An Architect, teacher, writer or psychologist. I chose to further my education in Architecture. Even then it wasn't always easy finding work.

My career has expanded from Architecture to Engineering. The last several years, I had been working more in a wide spectrum of the engineering field. (Due to the economic situation beyond my control, I have been unemployed for an eternity). But architecture is my true love. My resume includes designing and drawing homes, (several of these homes that I designed were in the "Showcase of Homes"), drawings of commercial buildings such as: banks, department stores and industrial buildings. Many of these were local. When my daughter was small and we would go into one of the buildings that I had worked on, I would say, "What do you think of your mom's building?"

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Mastering AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015: Autodesk Official Press
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Learning On a Drafting Table - Talent Of An Old Dinosaur Or Spider

Talent to Draw on a Drafting table.

I have a talent that many young people going into this field do not have, that is being able to draw on a drafting table. Sure, I'm dating myself. Many of you know that I daughter was in college.

What is involved with drafting on a table?

First there is the table itself with a parallel edge (versus a t-square). You must have several mechanical pencils from various lead sizes (graphite as we would call it). More items include an electric eraser, eraser shield, templates, triangles, protractor, to name a few items and ink or caulk if it is required.

During a few layoffs from this field, I had worked independently with my t-square and a board.

Drafting Tables

Deluxe Art Drawing and Hobby Table

Alvin CM48-3-WBR CraftMaster II Deluxe Art, Drawing, and Hobby Table Black Base with Cherry Woodgrain Top
Alvin CM48-3-WBR CraftMaster II Deluxe Art, Drawing, and Hobby Table Black Base with Cherry Woodgrain Top
The best part of this drawing table is that it is made with a beautiful cherry woodgrain top. It has plastic trays on both sides to hold pencils and other drawing tools. This drafting and drawing table has draws which make it extra convenience to have your drawing tools all in one place.

Drafting Boards

12" x 18" Portable Drafting Board

12" x 18" Portable Drafting Board
12" x 18" Portable Drafting Board
This portable drafting board is ideal for sketches, drawings and drafting. Something this side is usually for detail parts, such as tool design. The ideas for using this board is endless.

Office Chair and Lighting

Boss Drafting Stools - A Must Have When You Are Drawing

Boss Office Products Ergonomic Works Drafting Chair with Loop Arms in Black
Boss Office Products Ergonomic Works Drafting Chair with Loop Arms in Black
Contoured back and seat help to relieve back-strain, Pneumatic gas lift seat height adjustment, Euro-style nylon base with heavy duty dual wheel casters, With loop arms, Strong 20-inch diameter chrome foot, Dimensions: Seat Size: 17.5-inch W x 16.5-inch D, Back Size: 16.5-inch W x 15-inch H, Seat height: 18.5-inch - 23.5-inch H, Overall Dimensions: 25-inch W x 25-inch D x 42-inch - 47-inch H

Swing Arm Lamp - Attaches to the Top of the Table

Alvin, Swing-Arm Lamp, Spring-balanced for Drafting Lamp Combination, 100 WATT - Black
Alvin, Swing-Arm Lamp, Spring-balanced for Drafting Lamp Combination, 100 WATT - Black
Swing Arm Lamp- Black...One of the most important items in any artist's studio! These lamps will clip onto almost any table. They will also clamp on to shelves and surfaces that are vertical or horizontal. Features a ventilated metal shade double shade baffle for glare reduction a spring balanced adjustable arm and lampholder switch (not an inline switch). The arm extends to 32". The lamp itself takes up to a 100 watt bulb (not included).

Drafting Essentials

Basic Supplies Needed

More Supplies for Drafting

Basic Drafting Supplies


My Frog Mug

My art with paints
My art with paints

I Am a Wannabe Artist

Therefore I Construct Drawings

My family is full of artists. I had always wanted to be one, but my talent does not go that deep. Therefore, my art is vented in Architecture and Engineering. Being out of work for so long, I am rusty, but it is much like riding a bike. Any local prospective employers out there?

Yes, I drew and painted a frog on a t-shirt as a teenager.

When I was twelve I won $10 for my dog drawing in a contest.

My daughter has the art talent. She had fallen away from it when she didn't get along with her middle school art teacher. Today, she blames us for not letting her develop her special gift.

My Frog Mug - avialable here by Sandyspider

AutoCAD 2015 and LT - Full Commercial Version and Older Versions

Surprise to see the old fashion way of architectural and engineering designing is available on Amazon. Does this mean there are old dinosaurs and spiders like me out there? Drafting today is done on the computer using software like Microstation and AutoCAD. Though I have utilized some of the other types of software, (in my opinion) nothing compares to AutoCAD software.

AutoCAD Software of all versions and TurboCAD Available Here

AutoCAD 2015 with 1-Year Maintenance Subscription

AutoCAD 2015 with 1-Year Maintenance Subscription
AutoCAD 2015 with 1-Year Maintenance Subscription
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